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Earthquake risk increased for one-third of US

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:22

This undated handout image provided by the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows an updated federal earthquake risk map. A new map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the US and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation. The U.S. Geologic Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor. (AP Photo/USGS)WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth of the nation.

Proposed ban on Russian arms firm would hurt U.S. troops: general

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:18

U.S. President Obama sits for a military briefing with U.S. Marine General Dunford at Bagram Air BaseBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day after President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on several Russian arms firms over the Ukraine conflict, a top U.S. general warned that a congressional bid to bar dealings with Moscow's main weapons exporter could be "catastrophic" for U.S. forces. Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said 88 Russian helicopters the Pentagon is buying for Afghan security forces were critical for protecting U.S. troops that remain in the country after the end of this year.

Ruling sparks debate on retroactive gay rights

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:15

FILE - This July 18, 2006 file photo shows Margaret Mueller, right, and Charlotte Stacey at their home in Norwalk, Conn. Connecticut's highest court ruled Wednesday, July 16, 2014 that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's approvals of civil unions in 2005 and gay marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters call the first of its kind in the country. The case involved Mueller and Stacey who had a civil union in Connecticut in 2005 and got married in Massachusetts in 2008 after 23 years together under that state's gay marriage law, shortly before the Connecticut Supreme Court approved gay marriage. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new Connecticut Supreme Court ruling is adding to the debate on whether gay marriage rights should be applied retroactively and qualify same-sex couples for rights and benefits for which they weren't entitled before state laws allowed them to marry.

Medical helicopter crashes in New Mexico; 3 dead

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:08

In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo provided by The Guadalupe County Communicator, New Mexico State Police personnel climb a rocky mesa to look at the wreckage of a medical transport helicopter that crashed early Thursday morning, July 17, 2014, several miles north of Newkirk, N.M. (AP Photo/M.E. Sprengelmeyer, the Guadalupe County Communicator) NO SALES MAGS OUT NO ARCHIVENEWKIRK, N.M. (AP) — A medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed into the side of a New Mexico hilltop early Thursday, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.

Facebook tests 'Buy' button

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:02
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.

Pit bull alerts sleeping Indiana boy to fire

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 05:00
An Indiana family's pit bull is being praised for alerting a deaf boy to a serious fire in his home by licking the sleeping boy's face until he woke up, authorities said. Nick Lamb, 13, told authorities that he was not wearing his hearing assistance implants while napping Wednesday afternoon as fire began spreading through his Indianapolis home, Indianapolis Fire Department Captain Rita Reith said Thursday. The incident counters a popular image of pit bulls as dangerous and aggressive dogs, Reith said. The homeowner believes the blaze, which did an estimated $175,000 in damages, started in the garage from electrical causes, the fire department said.

Stranded casino ship frees itself, docks in Ga.

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:51

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the casino boat Escapade, with 123 people aboard, is grounded off the coast of Tybee Island, Ga., Wednesday, July 16, 2014. No injuries or medical issues had been reported among the 96 passengers and 27 crew members aboard the boat according to Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A casino boat stuck on a rocky sandbar freed itself Thursday without help from tow boats and returned to its home dock, a day and a half after the vessel ran aground during its first passenger cruise out of Savannah.

Report: Labor force drop had pre-recession roots

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:47
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the Great Recession only partly to blame, White House economists say the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force dampens economic growth and demands policy changes that create more job opportunities and add workers.

EPA: Duke done dredging coal ash from NC river

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:45
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River months after a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant, federal environmental officials said Thursday.

Oregon sues 5-Hour Energy over ad claims

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:43
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general has sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.

Congressman: DC gun amendment likely to fail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:43
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Kentucky congressman behind an amendment that would undo the District of Columbia's strict gun control laws said Thursday he doesn't think it will become law.

Woman's jawbone aided murder charge in Hawaii case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:43

Kimberlyn Scott speaks with a reporter in Makawao, Hawaii, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Scott's daughter, Carly "Charli" Scott, went missing in February and has not been seen since. Her former boyfriend has been charged with murdering her and burning her vehicle. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Four days into the search for a missing pregnant woman in Maui, her half-sister and a group of volunteers got their first serious clues, finding a skirt, shirt and bra that appeared stained with blood. The sister recognized the items as belonging to 27-year-old Carly Scott and the searchers called police.

Chinese woman in trade secrets case seeks release

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:40
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The value of the patented seed allegedly stolen from U.S. seed corn companies likely exceeds $500 million, federal prosecutors said Thursday, higher than previous estimates.

Aviation expert: Planes should have military style defense system

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:40

 Planes should have military style defense systemIt's still early in the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airline Flight MH17, but there's a lot to take into account as the world tries to figure out what happened.

Wake held for slain Jersey City police officer

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:36

A makeshift memorial is seen for Jersey City Police officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed while on duty at the West District precinct, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. Officer Santiago was shot in the head while still in his police vehicle as he and his partner responded to an armed robbery call at about 4.a.m., on Sunday, July 13. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Mourners are paying their respects to a rookie Jersey City police officer slain in the line of duty over the weekend.

Man pleads not guilty in bodies-in-suitcases case

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:32
ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer suspected in the deaths of two women pleaded not guilty Thursday to trying to hide their bodies in suitcases dumped along a rural road, while the man's attorney said he expected more charges to come first in a neighboring Wisconsin county.

Israel launches ground operation in Gaza

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:31

Israel launches ground operation in GazaIsrael launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Thursday, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels under the Palestinian territory's border with Israel.

A timeline of the New Jersey traffic jam scandal

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:29
New Jersey lawmakers, continuing their investigation of allegations of political retribution as the motive to create traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge last year, heard Thursday from an aide to Gov. Chris Christie. Here is a timeline of important dates in the scandal:

Arizona authorities probe church fires as possible hate crimes

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:27
By David Schwartz MESA Ariz. (Reuters) - Arizona authorities are probing a series of arson fires at suburban Phoenix churches as possible hate crimes after an apparent arsonist set Bibles alight on church doorsteps, police said on Thursday.     Authorities said up to six small fires were touched off at four churches in Mesa, Arizona, since mid-May by burning the books, said police spokeswoman Sergeant Diana Williams. Police have declined to confirm the details of that incident.     Mesa police said the first arson fire was reported on May 11 at the Mesa Baptist Church, followed by another at the church on May 17. Those blazes were ignited near a back door to the gymnasium on the sprawling four-acre grounds of the Mesa Baptist church, Senior Pastor Mark Rice said.

Jury ends second day of deliberations in trial of accused Boston bomber's friend

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:25
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury weighing obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges against a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev adjourned after a second day of deliberations on Thursday. Azamat Tazhayakov, a Kazakh exchange student, is the first of three of Tsarnaev's friends to be charged with interfering in authorities' investigation into the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264. The jury began deliberations on Wednesday after six days of testimony. Prosecutors contended that Tazhayakov, now 20, set out to help Tsarnaev when he and two other friends, Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos, removed the items from Tsarnaev's dorm room, hours after the FBI had released photos of Tsarnaev and his brother as suspects in the case.